The Maple Leafs can delve down many avenues in search of the right player this summer, and that includes looking at a few who’ve just been bought out by other NHL clubs.
On Monday, DailyFaceoff’s Frank Seravalli looked at ten buyout candidates ahead of the buyout window which begins on July 1st. The list featured a number of older players, younger players, and goalies too.
It makes sense for the Maple Leafs to go this route because each of these players could be looking at one-year deals. Let’s say a ‘do-or-die’ contract. As some are getting older, their value becomes slimmer and teams won’t sign them long-term. Other players might take one year to prove that they’ve still got it.
And that’s right down Toronto’s alley of need right now. But off all these players, who makes most sense for Toronto when the gates open on July 13th?
By the time next season begins, Johnson will be 32-years-old. But there’s a lot that he can bring to a Maple Leafs team that’s looking to get out of the first round.
Let’s be clear first — Johnson had a disappointing season, only playing 26 games for the Blackhawks and scoring seven points in that span. That puts him on pace for 22 points in an 82-game schedule.
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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation